Artist Statement

Upcoming Events:

Open Studios 2021:  I am a participating artist in the 2021 Open Studios, sharing a location in south county with Jane Ferguson.  We are artists #99 and #100 in the artists guide and will be open for the first weekend only, October 2nd and 3rd.  Since it will be my first Open Studios, the originals of most paintings pictured here will be on display. We'd love to see you!

Artist statement:

My favorite subjects are animal portraits, local Santa Cruz scenes and architecture, figures and landscapes. I often depict atypical perspectives in my paintings to give the viewer a different experience of the subject matter.

The first part of my process is matching a subject to the media that best expresses what inspired me to paint it. Sometimes spending as much time building my painting foundation as with the actual painting process :)

I use photo references mostly, but do some plein air and life drawing too. In doing commission work, I will request several photos and discuss size, color schemes, and what the client most wants to have portrayed about the subject. When possible, I also like to take my own photos for filling in compositional needs of the final painting.

Prints and cards of my work can be seen and purchased at the Art of Santa Cruz Gallery in the Capitola mall. Not all of the available art is currently pictured on their website (at the website, go to "shop collections", "home decor" to find my items). I will keep an up to date group photo or two in the images on the right side of this page (including standard size format info.). If you have questions about a piece pictured on the Visual Arts Network page that is not available from the Art of Santa Cruz Gallery, please reach out to me and I will be happy to assist in anyway I can.

Appointments for a phone call, video call, or a studio visit can be made to view prints, an original work, discuss an alternative print size, your commission idea, or to have the art put onto another item – clothing, throw pillow, cup, mousepad, etc., as desired. Please email or call me to schedule a time. I look forward to meeting you!

831 471 7825
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